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Artichoke Face Off

Spring has sprung and so have all the spring vegetables. The long awaited asparagus is ready, beets, garlic scapes, peas and radishes, to name a few. It’s time to get cooking with some in-season veggies, when they are most flavorful and they are the cheapest. Read more

Steamed Artichokes with Cayenne Dipping Sauce

Artichokes are a strange looking vegetable and definitely fall into the category of vegetables I was scared of (at one point in my life). They are big, and spiky, and rough, and definitely don’t look edible. I wonder who was the first person to try to eat one of these things? Read more

Steamed Artichokes with Lemony Butter Sauce

Guess what?! Artichokes are in season! They are everywhere. In all my recipe newsletters, on blogs, on TV. Everywhere! And despite looking utterly confusing, it is pretty simple to turn them in to a perfect appetizer for a party or an evening in with a bottle of wine.

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Noodle Salad Face Off

Don’t worry, we are still here, and we apologize for our noticeable absence over the last few months. But we are back, and we brought noodle salads!

Normally, this time of year would be perfect for a cold noodle dish, as outdoor eating would be making a comeback (Like I said. Normally.) But since that doesn’t seem to be happening for us anytime soon, let’s talk about something else. Anything else, preferably. How about how a tangy, spicy, nut-based sauce can make cold noodles and veggies taste kind of awesome? Or how easy making these sauces can be? Or how both of us made these dishes in no time at all and had tons left over for easy weekday lunches and dinners? Sound good to you? Cool. I’ll go first.

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Soba Noodle Salad

Cooking and baking relax me, so it makes me so very happy to be back in the kitchen and back at the blogging. It’s been a active 2014 so far between a busy job, a broken finger and the annual Austin trip for SXSW, but I’m back home now and thankfully the finger is on the mend. I’m anxious to start Facing Off some great Vegan recipes for you, starting with this one, my Soba Noodle Salad. Read more

Spicy Noodle Salad

So much for my resolution to get back in my kitchen. In order for this to actually happen, I would have to be somewhat close to my kitchen, which has not been the case as of late. Traveling for work, vacation, and generally being busy, while all good problems to have, has made it difficult for me to get to my happy place. I have found a few moments here and there to start to some spring cleaning in my cabinets, and found some doozies (bulk items packaged over a year ago. Whoops.), which I promptly tossed out. Now that there is less clutter, when I do find an open space in my schedule, I will be able to enjoy it rather than searching through long forgotten pasta, beans and canned items.

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Quesadilla Face Off

A quesadilla is traditionally cheese melted inside of a toasty tortilla, but in addition to cheese you can add in any number of your favorite ingredients. If you feel like something savory try your favorite cheese and choice of cooked meat, or if you want something lighter try sautéed kale with parmesan or if you crave something sweet make a dessert quesadilla with peanut butter and bananas. You have endless options, all you need are a few tortilla shells to get started. Read more

Herb Goat Cheese & Mushroom Quesadillas

I’ve been traveling a lot for work lately, so I made these quesadillas to enjoy while watching the Super Bowl last Sunday before leaving for Las Vegas at 7am on Monday. Having some goat cheese already in my fridge, I thought it would pair nicely with some sauteed mushrooms and some fresh herbs to have a bit of a spin on the traditional quesadilla.

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Green Chili Quesadilla

It’s been a very long time since I have had a quesadilla…until about a month ago when my husband picked up dinner from one of the Vegan friendly Mexican restaurants in our neighborhood. Knowing that I will eat anything, as long as it’s Vegan, Todd brought me home a Vegan quesadilla and boy was it good. This thing was so stuffed with Daiya cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, olives, beans, Upton’s Chorizo that I couldn’t even eat the other tacos he got me, I was already full halfway though the loaded quesadilla. Read more

Green Juice Face Off

The juicing vs smoothie debate seems to be all anyone is talking about these days. Which is better for you? Which is the best way to get the nutrients from the fresh ingredients? How can you make a bunch of fresh vegetables blending into a liquid form taste good? And so on and so on… I tend to be a neutral party on the subject, bouncing back and forth between smoothies and juicing, but to me its all about the flavor and ingredients.

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Tart Green Juice

I actually should name this Sarah-Mai’s Espresso as this is her version of an Espresso. This green juice is her way of waking up in the morning in place of having caffeine and it really does work. So start your year off right, replace your caffeine with fresh juice! Read more

Kale, Celery & Carrot Juice

Juicing was a part of my weekday routine about 3 months ago; I would get up and make my green juice or smoothie every morning to start off my day. There was always bunches of kale, bags of carrots and loads of apples in my fridge and a few other random items that I would decided to throw in the juicer if the mood struck. Seeing as how life and work tend to get in the way of healthy habits , juicing slipped out of my daily routine and the juicer crept back into my cabinet and stayed there. With my 2014 resolution to get back into my kitchen more, the juicer has made a triumphant return, and is now running at 8am every morning.

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Potato Leek Soup Face Off

We’re hitting record lows in Chicago (and across the US), so what better way to warm up than a hot bowl of soup? I find myself making soup on a regular basis this time of year, and Potato Leek is one of my go-to soups; it is an easy to follow recipe, it comes together quickly and I usually have all ingredients on hand (with the exception of the leeks). Read more

Vegan Potato Leek Soup

For me leeks were one of those intimidating looking vegetables at the grocery store and as scared of Kale as I used to be, I was equally scared of leeks. I didn’t know what they tasted like, I didn’t know any recipes that called for them and I had no idea how to prepare them. Read more

Potato Leek Soup

Because everyone is talking about how cold it is outside, I will not be talking about how cold it is… though, it’s really freaking cold outside. Instead, I will write about my resolve to actually adhere to my resolutions this year. And while most of us find resolutions to be “I will not do [insert bad habit/activity here]” I want to have a positive spin on this year, and get back to the basic things that make me happy.

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